How do I install an Airport Extreme Card into my Macbook Pro 17 inch?

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  1. macrumors newbie

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    There wasn't one installed when I bought my Macbook Pro so I had to buy one seperately and I'm just wondering how to install it?
     
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    gr8tfly

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    All MacBook Pro's have built-in AirPort Extreme cards. Was the original defective and removed? :confused:

    If it's just the part, you can find a repair guide at http://www.ifixit.com/.

    Otherwise - :confused:
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    All I know is that I can't get any wireless connection. I can only get a connection through ethernet. It says "Airport Card Not Installed" when I click on the connection thing on the upper right hand corner of my screen. So I bought a new card and now I don't know how to install it.
     
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    jackiecanev2

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    Follow the ifixit guide, but I believe you will need to remove the battery, screws on the bottom and sides, and ultimately remove the topcase. There should be a slot and wire connection for the card. Again, follow the ifixit guide, it will tell you which screws, etc.
     
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    powerbook911

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    It's odd because again every Mac Book Pro ever made had an airport card.
     
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    gr8tfly

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    As jackiecanev2 posted, use the iFixit guide. They're very well done. Just take it one step at a time, keep track of what screws go where, and you should be ok.

    Just curious: did you try any other troubleshooting steps before ordering the card such, as resetting the SMC? Was this a known failure when you bought the Mac? It's just an odd situation, since none of the MBPs were ever shipped without the card.
     

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